Friends have been recommending we try Cotswold Farm Park for ages, we ran out of weekend’s last year, so we finally decided to go last weekend while Daddy P was off for a few days. He’s also a big fan of BBC Countryfile and was rather interested to learn that the Park is owned/run by Adam Henson who features regularly on the programme.
On Saturday we left home in sunshine and it looked like being a nice Spring day. Um, by the time we arrived in Gloucestershire we were back to grey skies and pouring rain 🙁
Being British and a former Brownie/Girl Guide, I had obviously packed everything from suncream to waterproofs so we had all bases covered. So wellies on my son’s feet and off we went. He’d already seen a tractor pulling a trailer full of visitors around the park as we pulled up so he was rather excited.
We paid £8.50 for Daddy P and me, and as my son is now 3 years, we paid £7.50 for him. Bags of animal feed were available, I don’t know how much they cost, as on hearing that we were celebrating my birthday, the lady at the Kiosk gave me a bag as a present 🙂 Funny, but a nice touch and my son was chuffed.
What to do first? As it was really raining hard we decided to start in the Touch Barn to see the baby chicks, rabbits etc and then into the Demo Barn where we were privileged to see a baby lamb being born – how amazing was that!
It was still raining so we decided we’d just have to make the best of a bad job – good old English weather. There is a large selection of rare breeds on show (most seemed as impressed with the weather conditions as us!), with lots of information to hand and ‘talking’ points along the way. The rain just kept coming, playing in the great sand pits was not going to be top of our agenda sadly.
There is a wooden viewing tower so you can look over the farm and see the Cotswolds (well on a nice day), but my son enjoyed looking out at all the animals.
We fed some goats and sheep and headed off for a walk around the Woodland Adventure activity area, the rain just kept coming.
In the end, one cold and wet son had had enough so we decided to call it a day. It was such a shame about the weather. We will definitely be back on a nicer day to really appreciate all that the Park offers, and could see that there was plenty to keep my son amused on a brighter day. I can see why others had recommended it, we will too 🙂